Trustee roles

Recruitment – Board of Trustees


OSCAR’s (Ongoing Support, Care, Awareness and Research) Paediatric Brain Tumour Charity was formed in November 2014 by the parents and friends of Oscar Hughes, a 9 year old boy who died of a brain tumour in May 2014.  The charity aims to provide support and care for those diagnosed with brain tumours and their families as well as fund critical research into paediatric brain tumours with the hope of finding less devastating treatments.  Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killers in people under the age of 40 and the five-year survival rate is just 12%.

We work closely with other charities to fund cutting edge research to change lives.  We have funded two national projects with The Brain Tumour Charity as well as another local one in partnership with Yorkshire’s Brain Tumour Charity and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, that will see tissue samples from brain tumour patients across the region being analysed and used to better inform research.

Although we are a small organisation, we have big ambitions. To do this we need to raise awareness of our charity, grow our income and expand our life-saving work. To support this work we are looking for a dynamic, passionate individual to join our volunteer Board of Trustees to help govern the charity.

We have an existing board of four trustees with special areas of responsibility:

  • Chair and Finance (Sharon Reid)
  • Secretary (Sarah Gray)
  • Digital and Social Media (Lisa Dawson)
  • Partnerships (Alice Beckwith)

In addition we have a CEO (Marie Hughes) and a full-time Charity Manager (Phil Martinez). We are currently seeking to recruit three additional trustees.

We have recently carried out a skills and board review and are looking for Trustees with specific skills and experience in any of the following:

  • Clinical
  • Support and Care
  • Fundraising


The Board supports the principles of the Charity Governance Code and welcomes applications from people with different backgrounds, life experiences and career paths. No experience of charities is required – knowledge you have gained from other sectors or roles may be just as useful, coupled with energy, enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference. 


The role of trustees

  • Understand the charity’s purposes as set out in its governing document
  • Plan what the charity will do in the short term and what it wants to achieve in the longer term
  • Decide what will best enable the charity to carry out its purpose
  • Make balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking long term as well as short term
  • Attend quarterly meetings either in person in York or via Zoom link


We are looking for people with:

  • An understanding of what the charity wants to achieve 
  • A grasp of the mission, vision and strategic direction of the charity
  • An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a Trustee, and the difference between governance and management.
  • The capacity and willingness to commit sufficient time to the role.


Closing date: Monday October 31st 2022

Please contact Charity Manager Phil Martinez via or 07596861689 for further details or to have an informal conversation about the role.